The Seattle Seahawks go on the road to Arizona for their first division game. Emerald City Swagger has all you need to know for today’s game.
It’s an NFL Sunday. Emerald City Swagger presents, what you need to know in order to enjoy the Seattle Seahawks game in Arizona today. Whether you are going to see the game in Phoenix, or staying at home and watching on television we have you covered.
Who: Seattle Seahawks (1-2) at Arizona Cardinals (0-3)
Where: State Farm Stadium – Phoenix, Arizona
When: 1:05 p.m. PDT
Line: Seattle Seahawks -3, Over/Under 39.5 (Odds Shark)
The hapless Arizona Cardinals almost won their first game of the season last week against Chicago. In fact, they had a 14-3 lead more than half-way through the third quarter. It seemed like Arizona was going to pull one out until they turned back into the Cardinals. To start the third quarter, Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford got picked off twice and then fumbled.
So the Cards pulled Bradford in favor of rookie Josh Rosen, who of course got intercepted on his first drive. In total, they put up 221 total yards. Arizona’s defense was good, however allowing only one touchdown. They sacked Mitch Trubisky three times, got in five more hits on him and picked him off once.
Seattle took the wood to their guests last week, at one point leading by 18 points in the fourth quarter, before closing out a 24-13 win. They ran the ball down Dallas’ throats, rushing 39 times for 113 yards, Chris Carson led the way with 102 yards. While that isn’t a great yards-per-carry (2.9) as a team, the point is the Seahawks finally committed to the run. When he had to throw the ball, Russell Wilson was pretty sharp, throwing for 192 yards and two TDs.
The Seahawks defense was tough all day, causing three turnovers. Earl Thomas picked off Cowboys QB Dak Prescott twice. They held Dallas to only 137 yards through the air. It was the type of defensive performance that can turn a season around.
Pete Carroll takes his team to the desert this week for their first intradivision game. Doug Baldwin is back for the Seahawks which will change the offense’s dynamic. As Wilson’s favorite target, he’ll draw special attention from Arizona’s defense, which opens the field for everyone else. Chris Carson (hip) was banged up from carrying the rock 32 times last week, but if he’s able, look for him to run hard between the tackles.
Arizona is nothing special on offense. They have future Hall-of-Famer Larry Fitzgerald, but will Rosen be able to get him the ball. David Johnson is a good running power running back who is due for a breakout game. Realistically, the Seahawks should easily handle whatever Arizona can throw (or run) against them.
A win this week and suddenly its a new season for the Seahawks and they are back in the playoff discussion.